Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Webster names new principal

Sarah Lynch is the new principal of Webster Elementary School, effective July 1, 2016. Board of School Committee members last night approved Superintendent Debra Livingston’s recommendation of Lynch for the position.

“Ms. Lynch is a great match for the children of Webster,” said Dr. Livingston. “I am confident she will be an asset to every aspect of the school community.”

Lynch currently works for the Lawrence, Massachusetts, School District as an administrative mentor. She has held curriculum coach and third grade classroom teacher positions in Lawrence as well. Lynch has taught students with various abilities and needs over the course of her career. Her experience also includes serving as assistant principal at Walker School, a therapeutic residential and day school for students with severe behavioral, emotional and social disabilities in Needham, Massachusetts.

Among her strengths as a leader, Lynch cites her ability to observe and offer effective, constructive feedback to staff, to guide students toward the opportunities that help them become successful learners, and to be a supportive role model and good listener.

“I’m excited to be part of what I can already see is an amazing and dynamic team of educators at Webster Elementary School,” said Lynch. “I value the opportunity to celebrate the work they’re doing and lead them to continued success.”

Lynch holds an elementary education bachelor’s degree from Salem State College, a master’s in educational leadership and management from Fitchburg State College, and a master’s of education in moderate disabilities from Lesley University.

Lynch succeeds Christine Martin, who left Webster last fall to assume duties as Manchester School District assistant superintendent for elementary education. Elinor Murphy, a veteran educator in Manchester, has been serving as Webster’s interim principal this school year.

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